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this day in the yesteryear: Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Opens (1964)


Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Opens (1964)

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge connects the boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn in New York City. From the time of its completion until 1981, it was the largest suspension bridge in the world, with a span of 4,260 feet (1,298 m). Designed by engineer Othmar Ammann, a noted authority on bridges, it furnished a critical link in the regional highway system and is widely known today as the starting point for the New York City Marathon. Who was Giovanni da Verrazano, the bridge’s namesake? More… Discuss

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ARTICLE: SUSPENSION BRIDGES


Suspension Bridges

A suspension bridge, like San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge, features a roadway suspended from vertical cables. Though an early version of the suspension bridge existed in 15th-century Tibet, the first Western design dates back to 16th-century Italy. While suspension bridges are ideal for spanning long distances, their tendency to vibrate during heavy winds can have devastating consequences. Which suspension bridge collapse—caused by severe winds—was caught on film in 1940? More… Discuss

 

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This Day in the Yesteryear: BRIDGE SPANS THE BOSPHORUS TO CONNECT EUROPE AND ASIA (1973)


Bridge Spans the Bosphorus to Connect Europe and Asia (1973)

The shores of the Bosphorus Strait were once lined with fortifications built by Byzantine emperors and Ottoman sultans protecting Constantinople. Today, one of the world’s longest suspension bridges spans the Bosphorus, linking European Turkey with Asian Turkey. The bridge was completed on October 30, 1973—one day after the Turkish republic‘s 50th anniversary. A second bridge was finished in 1988. Which American comedian led children across the first bridge during its opening ceremony? More… Discuss